if returning that guy's serve was a problem..... oh gosh. This is from the Connecticut paper
As Tampa, Fla., resident Mardy Fish made his way through the Connecticut Tennis Center early Saturday afternoon, he appeared blissfully unaware of the fate that would await him in his opening match two days later.
Fish, like Molik before him, was done in by a case of tennis rust in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber on Stadium Court Tuesday afternoon.
Fish, a former top-20 player, had played in one tournament since the French Open as he recovered from wrist surgery. He had high hopes in his first trip to New Haven, but almost from the first point, the overwhelming pain he felt from his wrist was only dulled by the frustration in his game.
"My wrist hurt more than I thought it would," Fish said.
Fish was not offering an excuse nor was he using his ailing wrist as a crutch. However, it was evident rather quickly that Fish's time in the singles draw would be rather brief.
"If he hit the first serve hard, I would have to block it back quickly," Fish said. "That didn't bother me at all. What bothered me was a slower-paced ball when I had to generate my own pace.
The doctor said I can't hurt it any worse, as I said, but it still hurts."
Fish now looks ahead to the U.S. Open with one ATP match victory in his possession since the last week of March.
"I will definitely be happy just being able to play (in the Open)," Fish said. "Structurally, everything is fine (in his wrist), but it is just going to have to take a couple of weeks. I am down from where I was this week practicing. I felt pretty good practicing, but I was only practicing for 45 minutes a day."
Fish isn't expecting to make a run deep into the Open, but he did have optimism for his fellow Americans.